A handfull of strings

you can do a lot with wider grips, like the 3rd, 5th and 8th, and the 4th, 6th and 10th.

A lot of steel guitar playing involves picking two or three string together and then doing something. Many times it’s the 3rd and 5th, or the 5th and 6th. With three strings it’s usually the 3rd, 4th and 5th, or the 4th, 5th and 6th.

But you can do a lot with wider grips, like the 3rd, 5th and 8th, and the 4th, 6th and 10th.

As an example, say you’re in the key of G. Pick 4, 6 and 10 at the third fret, no pedals, real hard, and then slide up to the 10th fret and pick 3, 5 and 8 as you press the first two pedals. Now you’ve got another G chord with 6 strings ringing, and with 4, 6 and 10 starting to die. But before they do die, slide back two frets, let off the 1st pedal and lower the E’s, giving you a G7th chord, and then let off the pedals and knee lever and you’ve got a C, or 4, chord. A real fat sound. Pick amongst yourselves and see what else you can come up with.

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Author: Cal Sharp

Nashville pedal steel guitarist for over 30 years. Credits include Stonewall Jackson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Red Sovine, Faron Young, Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Johnny Russell, George Fox, Vern Gosdin, Del Reeves, Gilley's, the Palomino Club and a few others. Retired from the road, playing sessions and clubs locally. I also develop websites, like this one and other music-related sites. Contact me if you need a website. Email: cal at caligraphics dot net or fill out the contact form. http://www.caligraphicsdesign.com/contact/

2 thoughts on “A handfull of strings”

  1. Cal, thanks for writing a very cool e book. I bought it a couple weeks ago and read it all.I liked it,Just have wondered who you got most or the beast charicter from? was it Farron,Little Jimmy. or Ray price? I’ll bet you wont say for sure.ha ha, Also I have listend to your playing and it sounds great. Pic and write some more stuff, I really enjoyed. Thanks Mike Smith P.S. I put in a request for a psg cover from you. let me know the price and shipping and I will order promptly Thanks again. Mike

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